Chilmark library hosts author talk


The Chilmark library hosts an author talk with Janice P. Nimura about her latest book, “The Doctors Blackwell” on Saturday, June 26, at 6 pm on Zoom.

According to a press release from the library, Elizabeth Blackwell believed from an early age that she was destined for a mission beyond the scope of “ordinary” womanhood.

“Though the world at first recoiled at the notion of a woman studying medicine, her intelligence and intensity ultimately won her the acceptance of the male medical establishment. In 1849, she became the first woman in America to receive an M.D. She was soon joined in her iconic achievement by her younger sister, Emily, who was actually the more brilliant physician,” the press release says. The Blackwells together founded the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children, the first hospital staffed entirely by women.

Nimura’s previous book, “Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back,” was a New York Times Notable book in 2015. She received a Public Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of her work on “The Doctors Blackwell.”

Email to sign up and get the Zoom invite for this free event sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library.